About the volunteer workGermany is often praised by other countries around the world as being a leading example when it comes to energy consumption. It pretends to be climate and environment-friendly with its energy consumption, yet at the same time the three major German lignite districts are the largest CO2 source in Europe. Come and join the climate camp in the Rhenish lignite mining region, taking place this year for the 8th time. This year’s climate camp will take place from 18th to 29th August in Rhineland. During this time you will be able to take part in a diverse programme of educational and cultural events as well as demonstrations and other movements. The De-growth Summer School will also be a guest again at our camp this year. During your work and study camp, you'll firstly be helping to set-up the climate camp and the de-growth summer school – building the compost toilets, solar-powered showers and the camp infrastructure. Besides this, you'll be getting involved with the climate camp, the De-growth Summer School and also the region itself with its causes and effects of climate change and with possible alternatives to an ever growing economy. Prosperity implies growth, as the saying goes. However, this way of thinking has contributed to the overload of our planet. The ecological crisis is a result of limitless economic growth. The climate camp will take place in the immediate vicinity of a lignite mine. You will meet people, who have lost everything due to the mine, but you will also get to know exciting projects, in which people organize their own vegetables and electricity. During the camp you will have the opportunity to try out a more sustainable lifestyle, by eating a vegan diet, for example. Information about the Climate Camp in the Rhineland can be found here: www.klimacamp-im-rheinland.de For info about the De-growth Summer School, go to: www.degrowth.de/de/sommerschule-2017/ (in English: http://www.klimacamp-im-rheinland.de/en/ https://www.degrowth.de/en/summer-school-2017/ )
Local accommodationYou'll be staying in tents, on thermal mats and in sleeping bags. The camp will be catered by the VEGAN kitchen of the climate camp. You will take it in turns to help out in the kitchen.
About the project locationThe work and study camp offers you the possibility to participate in the diverse education programme of environmental topics and a 'better life', in protests and also in the cultural programme. You can also join the workshops, lectures and events in the climate camp and summer school. Besides this, you could also go on trips to the nearby towns of Cologne, Mönchengladbach and Düsseldorf.
RequirementsYou should be interested in protecting the environment. Basic living standards (such as warm water) will not always available, with so many people camping. A good level of English is needed for the workshops.
Extra info about the projectThere is an extra fee of 50 EUR for this project.